I painted the background about a year ago. I didn't want to paint a typical sunset, so I chose to incorporate turquoise and purple. I knew I wanted to paint a silhouette, but couldn't quite make up my mind as to what. And then a year later, I came across this passage:
'When you're a kid, you color with reckless abandon. You color outside the lines. You color however you feel. Blue elephants, purple trees, red bears, green oceans - it's all good. As you get older, though, everyone tells you to stay inside the lines, to color everything just like you see it. You end up painting by numbers - whether you actually paint or whether you write or sing or act or direct. I think you should create what you feel. Create outside the lines. I want to watch a green ocean and red bears. I'd love to listen to purple trees. And I long to read blue elephants.' - WRDSMTH (at Studio City, California)
Then I knew, it wasn't a typical sunset, so a typical silhouette of a tree wouldn't do. It had to be a purple tree, my favorite color. I love color and looking at the ordinary in an uncommon way.